AFL mourns loss of Dean Bailey

dean baileyAdelaide Crows’ assistant coach Dean Bailey has died after a short battle with lung cancer.

Bailey, 47, died Tuesday morning after being hospitalised for most of the past four months.

Adelaide players and staff were called to their West Lakes clubroom on Tuesday morning to receive the news.

In a statement released by Crows’ CEO Steven Trigg, he said what a monumental loss Bailey’s death was for his family and the AFL.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Dean’s wife, Caron, and children, Darcy and Mitchell,” said Trigg.

“We’ve lost someone who’s had a profound impact on so many places and so many people – that it just adds to the terrible sadness we’re all feeling at this point in time.”

Trigg spoke of Bailey’s contribution to the Adelaide Crows and the AFL.

“You all know, and I’m sure, deeply respect the contribution that Dean has had on our game, across three states and a number of clubs.

“For our club, Dean very quickly established himself as a really genuine mentor and educator,” he said.

Trigg spoke highly of Bailey’s understanding of both players and the game.

“He was a great developer of players – both as footballers and young men.

“He had an extraordinary capacity to be intuitive about players’ needs and their emotions and about the way we should play the game,” he said.

Bailey had a distinguished career in both the VFL and the AFL.

His professional career began after he was recruited by Essendon from North Ringwood in 1986.

After playing with Essendon until 1992, Bailey spent three years at SANFL club Glenelg Tigers.

Bailey then spent three years coaching in Queensland before returning to Essendon in 1998 as a development coach, helping the club claim the 2000 Premiership.

In 2002 Bailey joined the Port Adelaide Football Club as an assistant coach, a position he held during Port’s 2004 premiership season.

At the end of 2007, Bailey was appointed as the senior coach of Melbourne for the 2008 season.

Bailey coached at Melbourne until Round 19 in the 2011 season, after which he joined the Adelaide Crows as a development coach in October that year.

Adelaide Captain Nathan van Berlo said the team was “shattered” by the loss.

“It was a massive shock for the group this morning.

“He brought a great deal of energy to the group… He had a great mind for football,” van Berlo said.

Crows players and coaches recently shaved their heads in a show of support for Bailey’s cancer battle.

Originally posted on On The Record



Bullet For My Valentine Review

BFMVWith the cold weather comes the flu and colds, but on September 7th Adelaide was gripped by the fever.Bullet for my Valentine Fever, that is.

After the long wait in the unforgiving Adelaide weather, eager fans were finally let loose in the Thebarton Theatre. The first performance of the night was from Canadian act, Cancer Bats. The technical difficulties the band faced two days prior in Perth seemed to be a thing of the past, and they burst onto the stage, starting a circle pit halfway through their first song.

As their set progressed, the punters were a mix of loyal fans and some new ones, proud to be putting their hands in the air and showing off the rock sign. They continued their set with songs including Darkness Livesand Lucifer’s Rocking Chair with their first small circle pit turning into one that consumed half of the mosh pit. The true metal fans were in for a treat, or not, when Cancer Bats concluded their set with a cover of Beastie Boy’s Sabotage .

After a short intermission, it was time for the second act of the night – Bring Me The Horizon . The band graced the stage with a banner of their latest album’s cover in the background, hanging proud. The cheers that greeted the band on their arrival would have had any mere spectator thinking this was the main band. They began their set with their latest single It Never Ends .

Bring Me The Horizon continued their set which consisted songs with ‘lyrics’ only die-hard fans might comprehend. However there appeared to be plenty of these die-hard fans when the venue became engulfed in circle pits and walls of death for the remainder of their set.

When fan-favourite Diamonds Aren’t Forever began, if you weren’t safely pressed against the wall or seated, you were covered in running black eyeliner, and not necessarily your own. Football Season’s Over and Sleep With One Eye Open were a few more crowd-pleasers played in their set and, despite the cliché request of front man, Ollie Sykes , asking the crowd to raise their middle fingers in the air and his attempts to create multiple walls of deaths, the faithful fans did not seem to mind.

Bring Me The Horizon concluded their set with Chelsea Smile and left the crowd with bruises, cuts and some without shoes. Just another night in a typical teen-angst mosh pit.

Another short intermission followed at the end of Bring Me The Horizon’s set but the tension and excitement continued to build. When the house lights went down and the classic melody of Old Fortuna started playing, it was time to rock. Without the request of the band, nearly all audience members raised their hands in the air giving Bullet For My Valentine a rock salute.

Bullet For My Valentine kicked off their show with Your Betrayal and had the punters weakening the floorboards of the Thebbie with their more than enthusiastic moshing skills.

They continued to belt out tunes including Fever and Waking the Demon . The slightly exaggerated guitar solos and the colourful lighting effects only added to the atmosphere of this faithful crowd. Bullet For My Valentine paid to tribute some of their older songs and ballads by playing Tears Don’t Fall.

Bullet For My Valentine had the crowd eating out of the palm of their hand and could not have had a better response when they announced they would be at next year’s Soundwave . If their sold-out show wasn’t enough proof, Bullet For My Valentine’s popularity is, for better or for worse, on the rise and is sure to continue with the recent release of their album Fever .

Originally posted on FasterLouder:

Short Stack Review

short stackShort Stack is definitely the new black. A sold out crowd consisting of young children, around the age of 8, accompanied by their parents and the swarms of excited teenagers, braved the cold Adelaide weather and lined the streets early to see Australia’s new hottest band, Short Stack, at The Gov.

Adelaide band, Amber Calling, kicked off the night and had the punters screaming and asking for more. The crowd was made of some old, religious fans and definitely some new ones. The energy continued to increase as Amber Calling continued with their performance, even some of the not so enthusiastic parents seemed to enjoy the cover of Nothing At All. At the end of their set, they finished with Down And Out.

Sydney band, My Future Lies, were next to perform and began their small set with Penny Lane. The crowd was calmer during this set however; My Future Lies seemed to please most of them with just a few enjoyble songs.

The third act of the night was Brisbane boys, Ellington. They opened with their famous song, Wide Awake and Smiling, definitely pleasing the many fans in the audience. The crowd was, once again, calm and mellow but began to warm up to Ellington. Towards the end of their set, the crowd was pumped and definitely ready for Short Stack. After their last song, the – œShort Stack’ chants began almost immediately.

After the long anticipated wait, Short Stack finally took to the stage, opening with fan favourite Drop Dead Gorgeous. From the second the band took the stage, it was rather obvious that this crowd was ready to party!

An excellent cover of Blink 182’s First Date was to follow their opening songs, a cover sure to have impressed all fans. Next song on the set, to slow things down, was Back Of My Head. During this song just about every person in the room was gazing up at this amazing young talent. Next song on the set was the more lively song, One Step Closer, during which beach balls were thrown around in the audience, all in good fun. One Step Closer was then followed by It’s 4 You.

After, Adelaide fans were given the chance to show off their dancing skills to Short Stack’s cover of Nutbush City Limits. Some interesting dance moves were on display however surely some people must have impressed the band. The lyrics to their second hit single, Princess, was known and sung by every member of the crowd. Princess was shortly followed by Bradie’s impressive drum solo that had fans screaming for more. Lead singer, Shaun, and bass player, Andy, returned to the stage and performed another cover, this time legendary rock-band Queen’s classic hit, We Will Rock You. And they certainly did.

Shimmy A Go Go, the band’s first hit song, was the song that broke the barrier on the already crazy atmosphere. To say this song brought down the house would be an understatement. Shimmy A Go Go was to be the final song for the evening, however the “Encore” and “Short Stack” chants were seemingly too hard to ignore. Short Stack’s final song of the night was their third hit single, Sway Sway Baby.

Short Stack certainly live up to their hype as “Australia’s most new and energetic rock band” and have definitely proved they are not just another run-of-the-mill boy band. More great things are sure to follow the release of their debut album, Stack Is The New Black.

Originally published on FasterLouder: